JMU Edges Hokies 3-1
Wells, Stanton shine in loss
March 11, 2003

BLACKSBURG, Va. - James Madison University scored three runs in the early innings and made them stand up in a 3-1 baseball victory over Virginia Tech at English Field on Tuesday.

JMU (5-6) got its fifth-straight win of the season started with a solo home run by first baseman Eddie Kim in the second inning. The Dukes added their other two runs in the fourth inning when left fielder Alan Lindsey tripled home a run, then scored on a single by right fielder Mike Butia.

Butia's hit proved to be the last one of the game for JMU, but the Dukes got five solid innings from starting pitcher Brian Leatherwood (1-0) and good relief outings from Travis Miller, Jake Gaiser and Mike Trussell to secure the win. Trussell pitched the last 1 1/3 innings to earn his first save of the year.

Tech, now 6-4 overall, managed its only run in the eighth inning on a pinch-hit sacrifice fly by sophomore David McDonald (Phoenix, Ariz.). The Hokies stranded 10 runners and hit into three double plays. Sophomore Chris Stanton (Centreville, Va.) paced Tech with two hits and some outstanding defensive play at third base.

The loss overshadowed a good pitching performance from Tech freshman Andrew Wells. The 6-3 left-hander started and pitched eight innings, allowing just five hits and three runs. Wells (1-1) struck out six batters and did not have a walk.

Tech is scheduled to return to action on Wednesday afternoon with a 2:30 game against High Point University at English Field.